A sustainable Life..

This week has been quite interesting. The plan was to go up to the north of Sweden for trail-running with my husky. But he got some trouble with his paw. So I have to rethinking. The result was a lot of climbing and down hill cycling.

Climbing, climbing and climbing.

So a lot of wall climbing, perfect for the technique and strength. Developing but missing Mikael’s comment for developing…

But Thursday was a real good day. I went to Jarvso for down hill cycling..

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Down hill cycling at Jarvso, a fantastic day..

So the down hill cycling, was tough, both from a physical as well as from a physical perspective. The grade of the trails was perfect and you could easy choose the right one for your..

And now over to something complete different…Well I think we all got a responsible for a sustainable world and life. As explorer and adventurer we travel a lot, and we will influence the environment in different ways. At the same time, I think it is very important that we travel. I can see compering to others that travellers got significantly more understanding for other cultures, religion and governance. But don’t you ever forget that the best adventure can be just around the corner..The movement must start from some ware, maybe with small steps..

Today we get information of all fantastic places we must visit. All mountains to climb, all rivers to raft.. But there is so incredible much you not have to..Euripides wrote 400 before Christ: If you want to make a human happy, don’t give him/her wealth. But take some of hers/his wishes away from him/her. There ones was a business man, he needed to recover. He has heard about a monastery, and decided to live there for a couple of days. The monk told him that everything was  voluntary, he showed him his room and explained the routines. The monk was very kind, and he said: by the way Mr, if there is something you lacking, please tell us and we will for sure learn you how to live without it…

The easy way of living..??

Getting a team. If you want to improve and develop, you need help. I have said it before you need support from a team. people who can challenge you or get you support and even peace, quiet. I have the opportunity to get friends who can help me out with this. 52 years old and still feeling as a rookie in some areas, that nice…

Get yourself a dream team to surround you with..It will help..

See ya soon…

When everything goes wrong, sometimes it makes no sense..

The plan was to go running in the mountains with my husky. But he was limping, so I have to re-plan. The planning is still going on, but today I choose to wall climb. It good to sometimes re-think about what to do. It is summer and vacation time. Today I read a book by Torsten Boberg, and enjoy a real good cup of coffee.

Drinking coffee and reading Torsten Boberg is a nice way to enjoy the vacation…

Thinking different, is important. You must develop yourself. So start the day with new habits. Get up early, do some meditation or Chi gong, try a totally new workout form. Challenge your self for not following the old tracks all the time. Listen to pods for getting inspired and to change your life window..

https://www.acast.com/husky/avsnitt111-oskarkihlborg

And read good and inspiring books, when its vacation you can spend the time. Here comes some suggestion for summer reading:

http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/into-thin-air-9781447200185

http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/white-spider-9780007197842

http://www.adlibris.com/se/ljudbok/begravda-i-himlen-9789170369834

http://www.adlibris.com/se/e-bok/himalaya-forandrade-mitt-liv-9789137140254

http://www.adlibris.com/se/bok/mojligheter-lat-ingen-bestamma-vad-som-ar-mojligt-for-dig-9789187941948

I have discover a new outdoor clothing brand. It looks very interesting and seems to got high quality. I will test one of the products. You can follow this link: https://www.jottnar.com/

Magni midlayer hooded jacket, the hood enough big for helmet etc.

And over to the workout. After a period with fully focus for the gym workout, I started to change. More of wall and cliff climbing combined with outdoor workout such as swimrun and obstacle course. And with a change of focus from the trail running anything can happen this week. I will try something new..

See ya soon…

Life is good..

Yesterday there was a tough workout, thank you Marcus for that:-). Today I started with a fast hike with my husky, there was no wind at all, what a morning. Then I went for a rock climbing session, very good for the strength and for the mind as well. During the week one of my friend ask me, -how can you workout so much? How do you got the time and all the energy? It is a very good question, and I had to think about it. But the answer is quite easy: I got the energy from it(all the things I do, workout, challenges etc.), and the time, it is to prioritize what you want to do…And at that moment, when I got the answer it comes to my mind. Life is good…

When the activity/workout give you energy, go for it..

When it comes to equipment, there are some new gear. I also will test some new stuff.

Black Diamond has present a climbing shoe..I will always be a bit suspicious when a producer start developing a new sort of Product..But this one looks fine to me.

La Sportiva has a new hiking shoe in there series. The Nucleo,   is “perfect for hikers who want a medium-duty boot” and backpackers looking for a waterproof option that “breathes well and supports moderate loads.”

I am always looking into details and practical and thoughtful solutions. And this month I will test the Salomon X Alp 3L black jacket.

Salomon has a good jacket which is stripped for lower the weight. But still has got some interesting solutions. The ventilation is one of them. This one will get real hard tested and a evaluation will be written here..

This week workout suggestion to try will be:

Reverse wall climb.

Find a spot and try to walk sideways ~10m

The second will be the crocodile walk.

!0m forward and 10m backward, a real good exercise..

This weeks music Pocke Öhström (from Tredje mannen for those who remember..)

See ya soon, and Life is good, Hugs to all of you from me.

 

 

One of this mornings..

Woke up early on Saturday. The sun was shining in to the bedroom. I dressed and went out with my husky. It was one of those pre summer day. The sun was shining, but the air still fresh. Everything in the nature was growing. You could really feel it. This period gives a lot of energy, so spending more time there will give more energy and power. The mind starts to find new ideas, adventures and opportunities, so now my mind is full of ideas…

Aguille du Midi, Chamonix a dream for an adventurer..

When it comes to the workout, a new step has been taken. New gym and new programing. So at last, back on track again.

Fully On track with the workout again..

When it comes to upcoming adventures, there will be a tour to Chamonix in August. A summer without a visit there is not a real summer…Some tours to Skuleberget for Via Ferrata of course. The new for this summer will be the downhill cycling, looking forward to that.

Now we also got the opportunity to offer a tailored adventure if you want. So look under “our services” and find out what your adventure would be..Challenge us.

See ya soon

Suggestion of activities during the summer..and two more new exercises..

Today it is the national day in Sweden, so what will be better then present different kind of challenges/activities to do in Sweden during this summer.

Summer is meant for activities..

I will present activities in the middle of Sweden, the reason is that then it will be reachable for all of us..

First of all I will begin with Skule area. The Skuleskogen in common, but Via Ferrata in particular. A well developed area with well marked trails, wind shelters with woods for the bonfire. But most of all a fantastic Via Ferrata with all service, and a adrenaline kick for those who dares:-) And you do for sure..

Skuleskogen, perfect for hiking and trail running..

https://www.sverigesnationalparker.se/park/skuleskogens-nationalpark/besoksinformation/vandringsleder/

Via Ferrata at the red-route at Skuleberget. This might be yoyr challenge this summer.

www.viaferrata.se

Now we will move to Åre, this fantastic area with so much activities to do during the summer. Here I will suggest the water activities, either the rafting or the river board at äventyrligt i Åre..

Water activities among all others at aventyrligt I are..

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Now the next stop will be in Jarvsjo and some cycling. Cycling has always been a nice way of coming close to the nature, and at the same time get action and speed. this adventure will be challenging, I can promise..From easy green hill to advanced black hill everyone can get his/her/hen light reception..

Down hill cycling are you ready for the challenge?

And when you are in the area why don’t you try river kayaking..

Take a training session in river kayaking..

Forspaddling

In Idre you also can get a lot of cool activities. I cant suggest a lot of things to do and not include anything with sledge dogs..so here it comes..

Cycles and dogs, a perfect combination, try it during the summer in Idre..

http://www.idrefjall.se/att-gora/sommar/huskyturer.html

So now you got a lot of suggestion to try some new experiences during the summer. If you want to do the Via Ferrata at Skuleberget you can contact us.

And now over to two new workouts to ad to the summer-training..

You can always fin a park-bench during the run or workout..

And the second this time will be pull ups in a tree, you always will find a tree or..:-)

For specific climbing workout, you can use a towel to get it right. You hang it over and grab in the both side..

See ya soon..

Via Ferrata, Beautiful Sweden and the workout..

Yesterday 05.30 I started the car for the trip to Skuleberget north of Harnosand. Sweden is beautiful this time of the year. After 5 hours I reached Docksta and Skuleberget. The sun was shining and the temperature was 13 degrees. I put on the helmet, my harness and the Via Ferrata sling. Time for the first Via Ferrata this year.

Ready for Via Ferrata..at Skuleberget www.viaferrata.se

Summer season is coming up, and there is lot of adventures awaiting around the corner.. Hiking, climbing, kayaking, trail-running, cycling and more. Plan the summer so you have the time for all your adventures. Most of them is often possible to do in the neighbourhood, so plan and go there..And you challenge yourself with a new activity this summer, I will for sure.

Why not try the Via Ferrata this year, if you haven’t you will like it:-).

And now over to the workout. Today I finished the week with a real nice workout: 10x pull ups, 10x Goblet Squats with KB, 10x push ups, 10x Box jumps, 10x sit-ups, 10x timber lifts, 10m walking lounges , 10 KB swings, 20m farmers carry with KB and 10x TTB. And all of it 6 rounds within 40 minutes, nice:-). When you can be out it is perfect to use the nature in your workout, swim, jump, pull ups in a tree etc. It will be your own fantasy that sets the limitation.

From now on I will give you two suggestion at every blog, so here comes the first:

Tie a rope on a mountain/cliff an pull yourself up. This will build your strength.

Low bear walk, the should not be over 5cm over the ground..

Next Sunday I will learn you how to building up your mental strength as well for static endurance workout. A good knowledge to have even in other challenging situations as well..And also some new gear will be valuated..

This weeks music, reggae for the summer..

See ya soon…

Useful with guide, workout & Via Ferrata among others..

Sunday evening, time to be a bit thoughtful. Lately it has been a couple of accidents in the Swedish mountain environment. At Sylarna a skier fell off a ridge and died, shortly after a climber fell as well, and got severely injured.

A French climber was rescued at the western trail to Kebnekaises summit.

And yesterday a French climber was rescued at Kebnekaise after bad weather conditions. All of this accidents got one thing common. No one of them used a guide. The thing is that I am not telling that the accidents wouldn’t happened with a guide. But a guides prioritization is safety before target, and others. With a guide you have someone taking  the responsibility for the safety. Therefore it will minimize the risk. You always also got a better experience with a guide overall and got more dimension with your activity/challenge..

The workout is on going as planned. At the moment the rowing machine is in the centre. With a refined technique it also feeling real good. The upper body is under control so now it will be more focus on the lower body and endurance. Time for some more army/SF workouts.

This weekend was planned to be the first Via Ferrata weekend. Due to illness among lot of other reason I had to cancel it.(not depending of me) But on the other hand there are lot o new dates planned.

There are a new season of variation of activity now. Kayaking, cycling, cross country running orienteering etc. So you only have to choose and go for it..Why not try something new..

The planning for the expedition to Mt Damavand next autumn is on-going. So we are a couple of participates at the moment, a few seats are still left.

Gosfandsara, base-camp at Mt Damavand Iran. (Photo Mattias Jansson)

You don’t need snow for good skiing;-)

See ya soon 

 

A thought from a guide about temporarily compounded groups..

A thought from a guide,

The challenge as a guide will always be the fact that you got temporarily compounded groups. The experience in the group will be in a wide range, and the guide have to adapt to that. Not always so easy. The main issue with temporarily compounded groups will be to build trust.

Who said it would be easy to be a guide..

When people come together in new constellations, they will experiencing uncertainty when meeting new people. This will relate to a stress, which will be the main thing to reduce for the participants. One way, or the most common way to do that will be to build trust to the others in the group. A quick trust that will solve the feeling of the inconvenience. “What will the other think, what will the other do” frighten will be reduced.  C L Popa means to get a fast trust in a temporarily compounded team there is three different parts. 1. That there is a tendency to be willing of taking risks. 2.  A wiliness of sharing experiences and skills. 3. To anticipate expectations of the group to be toned down. Here I may have lost you who not are guides. However, if you as a participant in a new group got this knowledge you know how you and “it” works, which means that you can get more out of it as a part in a “new” team or group. For us as guises it is so important to understand how we can meet up, and develop the activity so that it will be a so perfect experience for all participates. As a leader for a temporarily compounded group, there is three important areas to success.

Do you got the skills, always challenge yourself..

1. As a leader a success must be deduced to the group, on the other hand a failure must be the leader’s responsibility. 2.  The hearsay and rumor is important to success. Therefore, you have to build it up. That will be your trademark. 3. How to handle opposition and backlashes. A guide with good ability to improvise and adapt (listen) to the group will have a greater chance to succeed.

Love to skiing, cycling and the mountains..

https://www.outsideonline.com/2139816/one-mans-road-recovery-cycling-dolomites

”Sky running @ Mont Blanc..

See ya soon..

A nice trip to Sylarna, some gear. Via Ferrata and Mt. Damavand 2018.

Early morning, been awake since 05.30. The sun has been shining in through the windows since 05.00.

After a breakfast with porridge, I am now standing on my skies. The snow is crisp the thermometer shows -15. The body is still a bit stiff from the night’s sleep. The whole west Jamtlands Mountains is in my sight. With 21km in front and the wind from behind, this will be a terrific day. The ski conditions is perfect. In the small uphill’s it is just to take a short skate strokes. The target for the day is Sylarnas mountain station. A normal time for this rote will be 6-7 hours. Today it will just take 3 hours and 50 minutes. A day like this it is just a pleasure to do it. The Husky smell to reindeer and ptarmigan (sv. Fjällripa), and have to stop and check it sometimes.

Otherwise, there are few other touring skiers in the area. Surprisingly few people on the tracks overall. At Sylarna, there are more people. Lots of them doing the Jamtlandstriangle. A tour from Storulvan-Sylarna-Blahammaren and back to Storulvan. There are also many randonee skiers in the area. Totally we have done 75km within four days (in mountain environment) A quite nice tour overall. This will end this year’s winter season. Time for other challenges now. Check under news and updates and you will see..

In 1935, Torsten Boberg write the book “Mountain Sports” (Sv. Fjällsport). Here he give us the transparency of the mountain sports. The thing is that lots of the suggestions and tips are still relevant. How to navigate, packing routines etc. quite amazing.

New gear:

Casio G-Shock Rangeman. This is a heavy-duty clock, which tolerate a toughness of use. With barometer, thermometer, altimeter and compass it of course will be a good company in the mountain environment. It is quite easy to use, it sit comfortable and looks like a military box.  The negative thing with it is that the clock-face is small. For an old men like myself, it is hard to see. In addition, it is also a bit “shadowed” in some angles. So I will give it four (NNNN) out of five. (N) = Nordic Light Adventure measurement.

Mandra Night shell jacket from MilTec.. This is a three-layer shell jacket. A tactical jacket. It has many pockets equipped with zippers, meaning that the weight of course will be increased. It has the same quality as all other three-layer jackets. The breathable part is almost the same as all other jackets in the same category. The minus will be the placement of the zippers. Sometime they sticking to each other’s, a detail that other developer has fixed. Overall, it is a good quality and for the price ~ 94 Euro, you will get a real good jacket for that price. Rating:  (NNNN).

Upcoming reviews:

Salomon Wayfarer Mountain Pant. A pair of alpine trousers for hiking climbing etc..

The new season for via Ferrata is upcoming. From May we will start to provide the Via Ferrata service. Read under news and updates. Sign up and enjoy.

Via Ferrata at Skuleberget, sign up with us. Check under news and updates..

August-September 2018 we will provide a expedition to Mt Damavand(5610m) in Iran. So if you want to follow, sign up. You can check it under News and updates soon.

Today we embrace Freddie Wadling..

See ya soon

How to get a strong mind, time for prepare for the upcoming season..

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In a turbulent world we all need a strong mind. A strong mind is build up of five ingredients, the five elements is: Confidence, courage, commitment, control, purpose.

Confidence, start working with nit. step by step. A mountain are climbed step by step and not by giant steps. belief in yourself and your ability to meet your goals

Courage, Courage is the tendency to see life’s obstacles as challenges to be met rather than threats to be avoided. Face the situation, Believe you can do it,. Waiting would only make the situation worse..

Commitment, People are often unsuccessful because they lack commitment to their deepest values. Competence is not an inherited trait, like blue eyes. Competence is the result of working hard and concentrating on bringing about the desired result.

Control. A strong mind shuts out feelings of fear and inadequacy and focuses on reaching the goal. Control is having a certainty that you are able to shape your destiny rather than passively accepting events as they come along.

Purpose,  Live your life with a purpose. No matter how many major changes and transitions you go through in your life, if you rely upon guiding principles and values that are important to you, they will always give your life meaning.Strong-minded people have a dedication that comes from a purpose that’s in alignment with their deepest values.

The Sylarna- Helags-Valadalen will become a Nation park. The Environmental Protection agency have done a lot research and measurement. One is about guest nights at the mountain stations. At Sylarna there was 12000  guest night 2016, at Blahammaren 8500, and at Helags 6500 guest nights. The mountain environment becomes more and more popular.

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Sylarna mountain station, one of the most popular ones..

Now it become time for stat to prepare for the upcoming mountain season. Start with the hill training, starting with a warming up about 10 minutes. Then its time for 5-7 X 2 minutes up-hills cold down downhill’s.  Now it is time for 5-6 X 1 minutes higher intensity, and rest downhill’s end it up with 5 X 30 seconds. Cold down with 10 minutes slow pace running, and you will be a bit stronger for the upcoming trail/walking/climbing season…

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Secure a good preparation for the upcoming mountain season.

This week a bit nostalgically music from the 80s Swedish reggae..

See ya soon..